An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Pastoral Mentor to be a key part of changing the lives of children aged 11 to 16 within Progress Schools, a leading Alternative Education provider, in our brand new school in Welwyn Garden City, As a Pastoral Mentor, we would want to see an understanding of stages of development, individual needs and the ability to give positive encouragement and feedback to ensure pupils are reaching their full potential. Our school is looking to open for September, but may be subject to unforeseeable delays.
We provide opportunities for children who need a safe space outside of home and who need adults around them who provide both a nurturing, encouraging and supportive environment. Progress Schools are small but perfectly formed, having on average 30-55 pupils on roll.
If successfully appointed as a Pastoral Mentor, you would be responsible for supporting all students in your school, improving their mental well-being, putting together behaviour strategies and being a reliable adult for them to depend on. You will be an integral part of continuing the altruistic work of the Progress Group and giving the pupils the chance to either get back into mainstream schools or progress into a sustained Post 16 pathway. Whilst you will be fully supported with a range of CPD, career progression and in house training.
Benefits offered by Progress Schools:
- Progress Schools Salary (£18,525)
- Death in service insurance
- Paid qualifications as part of a structured CPD Programme
- Maternity/Paternity Leave – After required length of service
- Gym Membership, Eye Test, Free Lunch & Nexus Benefits Programme
- Enhanced Employee Assistance Programme for Immediate Family
- Group support including annual Group conference and annual review of benefits
Expectations within the role:
- Identifying problems with behaviour of certain children, this may include supporting the wider family to promote attendance and engagement in education. Therefore, enabling the pupils to try and get the most out of their education, without behaviour being a hindrance.
- Be an integral part of the team that improves attendance of certain children. Utilising your skill set to encourage the pupils in-house when they do attend.
- To contribute to the achievement of excellence in educational standards and lead by example by providing support to teaching and support staff in each school within your remit.
- To be able to adapt to what the pupils require on any given day. This may see you in the class offering support to a particular pupil all day. Whilst the following day, you are outside of class all day giving one to one support to multiple pupils.
Requirements before applying to the role:
- GCSEs in Maths and English C or 4 grade and above (or an equivalent).
- Experience of working within an education setting or equivalent.
- Experience working with vulnerable pupils.
Our sole focus is to help young people secure positive progressions back into mainstream schools or into Further Education or Training. Therefore, there would be further expectations to:
- Contribute to a positive ethos for learning
- Overtly promote the values and achievements of the school to the community
- To be aware of and follow the company Equality, Safeguarding and Health and Safety Policies
- Have and create high expectations of staff and students
We would love to hear from applicants who are passionate about working with young people who need support for their positive change and lead a team of peers with the same mindset.
For Further information:
- Starting Date in January 2023
If you are interested in this role, in the first instance please send your CV to Andrew.Wood@Progress-schools.co.uk. You will then be asked to complete an application form.
Please note that the start date and offer is subject to the school’s opening.